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eyates posted:
I have a bulging disc that is pressing on the sciatic nerve. I have been in pain for about 3 months, been through PT and the pain still persists. Any suggestions for relief?
Peter Abaci, MD responded:
Most cases of sciatica resolve over time, and you are probably at what would be called the sub-acute phase. Here are some other things that can help provide relief:

  1. Keep walking. This helps reduce back symptoms and keeps your lower half of your body from getting weak.
  2. Even though you have tried PT, there still may be some exercises, stretches, or other modalities that could help that haven't been tried.
  3. Anti-inflammatory medications - even though you have probably tried some, there are many out there that could still help.
  4. Epidural steroid injections could help reduce pain and inflammation around the nerve roots of your lower back, and is a reasonable option to consider in the sub-acute phase.
  5. Acupuncture - a course of several sessions can help.
  6. Inversion tables - you can get one for a few hundred bucks and this can provide temporary relief during the day in some cases.

Good luck!

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